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Corporal Larry Corletti, Private Murril Chapman, and Private Louis Robles practicing abandoning a M3 medium tank at Camp Polk, Louisiana, United States, 12 Feb 1943

Caption   Corporal Larry Corletti, Private Murril Chapman, and Private Louis Robles practicing abandoning a M3 medium tank at Camp Polk, Louisiana, United States, 12 Feb 1943 ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States Army Signal Corps
Identification Code   165-L1-43-330
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M3 Lee/Grant   Main article  Photos  
Thompson   Main article  Photos  
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 21 Feb 2009

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
21 Feb 2009 01:20:00 PM

Cpl Corletti & Pvt Robles ought to practice bringing magazines for their Thompson M1A1’s or all they’ll have will be expensive clubs.
2. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
17 Sep 2011 03:27:37 PM

BAILING OUT TANKERS STYLE: Watch out for the tree stumps! I agree with David look Ma!no magazines for the M-1,.45 Caliber Thompsons. Let me tell you if I tried that jump today at my age, I'm in my 60s I would most likely break my legs. File it under the "Agility of Youth" If I had to climb aboard one today, I'm sure I would need some extra help, as I'm not as agile as I once was. The old Sarge is in his 60s now. Why I remember a time, when I could...
3. Commenter identity confirmed Bill says:
19 Sep 2011 10:17:49 AM

In 1940 the US Army ordered around 20,000 of the M1928,.45 Caliber Thompson Submachine Guns. The weapon used a 50 or 100 round drum magazine, and fired the same round as the M1911,.45 Caliber Pistol. Another order followed for 319,000 in 1941, in April of 1942 a simpler model called the M1, was followed by another model called the M1A1. Both weapons used the 20 or 30 round stick magazine. Our M-3 Lee tank crew is carrying, the M1 model. During WWII, over 1,700,000 were produced.
4. Anonymous says:
25 Mar 2012 10:34:29 AM

Could be that because they were in a training environment, they didn't have them in the tank. I imagine they were in high demand in combat in '43. Probably only a few spares in CONUS based units for use in live fire training.
5. Anonymous says:
12 Feb 2014 04:25:33 PM

just out of curiosity. anybody know if these three soldiers survive the war?

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